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The Victorians and their inventions.

The Victorians: How have the Victorians influenced our lives today?

In this learning challenge we will investigate questions like ‘Who were the Victorians? What was it like to be a Victorian child? Why did many of the Victorians move from the countryside to towns?  Which Victorian inventions do we rely on today? And who were some of the most important Victorian people?’


In English we will read together the story of the ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty to fire up our imagination about what it would be like to be a Victorian child. We will use the text to see how the author uses language to describe the character of Jim Jarvis (the street child), the settings he found himself in and themes he used to describe Victorian life. From this we will use our own imagination to write stories about Victorian life.


In Maths we will use mathematical ideas to organise and present our findings and to process the numerical data we come across through our own research.


Through Science we will look at some of the great engineering inventions, such as steam trains and boats, locks on a canal, geared bicycles and the London Sanitation System etc.  We will also focus on the forces of gravity, friction and resistance and how Victorian engineers overcame these forces by inventing things like parachutes, levers, pulleys and gears.


In Design and Technology we will look at the design of a pinhole camera and use it to make our own working model.


In History we will look at how the Victorians developed Britain’s railway system, canal network or shipping routes and used these to develop its empire. While in Geography we will consider how these transport advances connect cities across the UK and the wider world. We will use atlases and globes to help us track these historic trade routes and the expansion of the British Empire.

In Music, we will listen to songs that were performed at a Victorian music hall such as ‘Daisy, Daisy’, ‘Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bow wow’ or ‘I’m Henry the eighth I am’. We will perform these songs using our voices expressively and with control.


And finally, In Computing we will write a class magazine to report on how the Victorians influenced our lives today?


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